Getting older, plainer, saner
The days are rainy and dark, but this feels natural to me, which proves that I’m a man from the North.
North-East of Europe precisely, with my heavy accent that I will never loose – you know, like in: “my English better today…”
Strangely, with time I like the winter more and more, although I can’t ski for the life of me and I used to be really good at that - like double black diamond ski slopes fast good.
Now, you don’t want to watch me try it anymore - after a trip to Zermatt with my boys I decided to put the skiing equipment away for good.
Living by myself in Suisse for a long time I wouldn’t turn on the TV for weeks.
In Canada quite often I’m forced to (its called wife in the room) and in the process I have gathered better understanding how the media machine works.
Forget the news, they’re focused on criminal affairs, covid and politics, so nothing really impacting the viewers in the immediate future.
Important part is that the people delivering the news are perceived as having the prestige, be it success in business, rewards for whatever and they look good.
Then you have the talk shows, which are really the opinion makers; this is where the wood hits the ball. This is where the message to the watching public is sent.
Not that I care, I always thought that to understand what is going on in the world you need to read books, not watch TV.
I make one exception – the South American women weather forecasters on TV, starting from Mexico down, make me not to notice the temperature numbers on the screen behind.
What did you just say, lady? Rain or sunshine tomorrow?
Got distracted by the looks.
And there is the ridiculous news coming in, that makes life fun, like – John Kerry, the Davos climate czar, is a guy with six houses, 12 cars, 2 yachts and a private jet and he is lecturing people to take a bus to stop pollution.
Good news is, according to NASA the CO2 levels in the atmosphere haven’t changed since the measurements historically began, so we’re likely okay and the whole emission debacle is pointless.
The planet will take care of itself, we’re only passing by, don’t think too much of yourself.
One word about the elections in the US at the end.
I’m starting to think I got it wrong all along. What if the “deep state” (government administration, who are in their jobs 30 – 35 years, versus the president a fraction of it) supported the election of president Trump to his surprise.
I think he was shocked to be elected.
He was just marketing himself, like in the TV show of his.
You need to have a fall guy for the great reset in the society and they got one just in time.
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Tom Kubiak is the author of The Traveler